Answers from Our Experts (2)
Soaking up the sun by your hotel’s infinity-edge pool is a perfectly acceptable way to spend your time in Los Cabos. But if you need a break from utter relaxation and gorgeous seaside views, enjoy one of the following activities:
1. Ride a camel on the beach. Cabo Adventures offers a unique Baja Outback excursion that includes a brief camel ride on the beach, a guided nature walk through the desert (you’ll learn that a cactus is 80 percent water and that the area is populated with roadrunners) and a delicious authentic Mexican picnic lunch (rice, beans, chicken, hand-made tortillas and salsa) with a tequila tasting. You won’t soon forget the views from your perch on that camel, by the way — lovely blue sea waves crashing to your right and desert cacti to your left.
2. Go whale watching. Between December and April, you can board an inflatable speedboat with Cabo Expeditions to search out zodiac whales in the Sea of Cortez. Trust us — the whales are often so close to the boat, you can almost reach out and touch them. If you’re lucky, the beautiful creatures will put on a show by catapulting themselves out of the water.
3. Swim with whale sharks. Whale sharks are the 30-foot, gentle-giant sharks of the sea — filter-feeders who survive by eating plankton (and not creatures like you). Cabo Expeditions will pick you up from your hotel and take you out on the water, where you’ll hop in and swim alongside these amazing animals.
4. Visit a sculpture garden. A new peaceful green oasis in the Puerto Los Cabos development features the artwork of three Mexican sculptors, Jose Luis Cuevas, Manual Felguerez and Gabriel Macotel. In fact, Macotel’s work was actually carved from the boulders that were excavated when the Puerto Los Cabos marina was built. The garden is a truly Zen spot where you can relax and take in the uncommonly (for Los Cabos) lush surroundings.
5. Stroll the Art Walk. Every Thursday night between the months of October and June, the burgeoning San Jose del Cabo Art District hosts an art walk. Galleries open their doors between 5 and 9 p.m., welcoming in guests for a glass of wine and a peek at the work on display — everything from abstract art to photography by artists from Mexico and beyond.
As to be expected from a place with so many natural wonders, most of the best things to see and do in Los Cabos revolve around outdoor adventures. Whether you prefer more active pursuits like surfing, fishing or golfing, or simply want to sightsee, you won’t be disappointed when you try any of the best things chosen by our Forbes Travel Guide editors:
1. Ride a wave. Cabo is, essentially, the southernmost tip of southern California, so it's no surprise that wet-suited surfers are nearly everywhere you look. The Fletcher Los Cabos Classic — the first major surf competition, held in 1991 — gave rise to the modern surf scene, but seekers of the Endless Summer began flocking to Cabo as far back as the '50s. The world-famous Zipper and La Roca breaks make Playa Costa Azul (south of San Jose at kilometer 29) the most popular surf beach in Baja California Sur. Baja Wild Baja Outback offers guided day trips and lessons, but if you decide to go solo, keep in mind that waves break on the east side of the peninsula during spring and summer and on the west side during fall and winter.
2. Spear a fish. Long before the resorts arrived, Cabo was a fishing town and continues to hold strong to those roots today. If hooking gilled life in the traditional sense lacks luster, try spearfishing, an ancient technique that winds up being more of a fair fight as the hunt happens under the water. No worries, you'll be outfitted with appropriate handicaps: fins, a snorkel and a speargun, namely. Or drop in for Bisbee's Black & Blue, a three-day stretch in late October that's dubbed the "world's richest fishing tournament." Entry fees start at $5,000 but whoever manages to haul the heftiest marlin out of the water — usually in the range of 350 to 400 pounds — walks away with $100,000. No worries, it's an eco-friendly feat: Competitors release more than 90 percent of the catch back into the sea.
3. Visit a mission. Sordid tales of old-school religion and new-world conquistadors seep out of the stone walls at each of Baja California's missions, a string of more than 50 Catholic outposts established by Spanish priests that date as far back as the 1680s. The trail stretches the length of the peninsula and across the modern-day border, all the way to San Francisco. Originally built in 1730 but later moved inland after a dispute over polygamy led the founding padre to his grave, Cabo San Lucas' installment — officially known as Misión Estero de las Palmas de San José del Cabo Añuití — is the southernmost.
4. Tee up. Prime real estate alongside the Pacific and Sea of Cortez make Cabo the go-to golf mecca of not just Mexico but all of Latin America, with options aplenty for holes in uno. Cabo del Sol houses a desert and an ocean course (the former designed by Tom Weiskopf, the latter by Jack Nicklaus), but the crowd favorite without a doubt is Diamante, thanks to its sand dunes, sapphire water vistas and a sweeping horizon that's free of (at least for now) man-made obstructions.
5. Go off-road racing. The Baja peninsula's rugged terrain sets the perfect scene for what's arguably the most challenging off-road race on the planet: the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. Every year desert racers line up for the nonstop trek that starts in Ensenada, about 80 miles south of the border, and Cabo just so happens to be the finish line. Wide Open Baja Racing Experience gives amateur daredevils a little taste of the action behind the wheel of a $100,000 Baja Challenge car. Have a go at a few laps on their eight-mile off-road course or head all the way to La Paz, with partial and multi-day tours that range from $500 to $5,000.